Borno 90% Safe For Election – Gov. Zulum

The Governor of Borno State, Babagana Zulum,  says his state is 90 per cent safe for elections.

Borno 90% Safe For Election - Gov. Zulum
Governor Babagana Zulum

Governor Zulum gave the assurance while fielding questions from reporters at the presidential villa in Abuja, on Friday.

Asked what he was doing to assure those afraid to go collect their PVCs because of insecurity as they may not be able to use it during the election, he said: “The People of Borno State voted during the 2015 election. They also voted during the 2019 election.

“Can you compare the security situation in 2019 and 2015 and now? The security situation has improved tremendously by over 90 per cent so we don’t have any problems.

“Eligible voters can go and cast their votes on election day, Inshallah, in Borno State, we don’t have any problem.“

Speaking on the state of security currently, he said: “We thank that there is a great improvement in terms of security in Borno State.

“We are doing very well now, rehabilitation and resettlement are also going very well.”

“We are looking forward to seeing how we can rehabilitate Maiduguri, Gamborun-Gala road and then Maiduguri-Banke road with a view to opening up opportunities for the people to earn their means of livelihood.”

Fielding questions on what to expect in 2023, he said: “I Want to see how we can sustain what we are doing. So far so good in terms of security, the federal government has done well, and the military has also done very well.

“We are now looking into the possibility of rehabilitating the victims of the insurgency, a lot of them have surrendered.”

“The Federal government is supporting our mission of rehabilitating. But most importantly, we are yet to complete our resettlement project and very soon we will resettle victims of the Gudubali local government area and also we will resettle all our refugees that are living Republic of Niger and Chad and Cameroon.

“The President has given approval to this effect and very soon we will complete the entire settlement.”

Asked when the resettlement will be completed, the governor said: “Resettlement is not something that is easy, it will take a long time. But the most important thing is that those that are very much in need to be resettled will be resettled.

“But most importantly we have closed down all official IDP camps in Maiduguri Metropolitan Council and Gere local government area, as I said, last one year ago.

“For now, we don’t have any official IDP camps within Maiduguri Metropolitan Council, the unofficial camps will also be closed in the next few months.”

Asked to confirm or deny reports that there are some areas in the state where insurgents are still holding sway, he said: “Even in the developed world we still have some pockets of insecurity.

“But by and large, we have succeeded a lot. Over 90 per cent of our security situation has been improved.”

Further asked how he was prepared in his re-election bid against the opposition in his state, he said: “It is impossible to question the destiny of God. The campaign is going on very well, Borno State is one big APC family.”

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